Sheriff’s Office hopes to purchase transport van

Shiawassee County Undersheriff Robert Brancheau explains the need for a new prisoner transport van at Monday’s Finance and Administration Committee Meeting.

CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office is set to purchase a new transport van.

The county board’s Finance and Administration Committee advanced a motion Monday to authorize the Sheriff’s Office to purchase a new van for $51,830.

The van, a 2020 Ford Transit 350 LR cargo van outfitted with a Havis Prisoner Transport Insert, will be purchased from Signature Ford of Perry. The money will come from the Sheriff’s Office Capital Outlay fund.

According to Undersheriff Robert Brancheau, the purchase means the sheriff’s office won’t be able to purchase a cruiser this year, which would cost about $42,000 fully outfitted.

He said the biggest benefit of the van is the Sheriff’s Office will be able to transport both male and female inmates at the same time because the van includes a divider separating the vehicle into three different sections, each with their own camera.

Brancheau said the vehicle will save the county money and time because deputies won’t have to make multiple trips to prisons to transport male and female inmates.

The current transport was purchased in 2010 and has about 100,000 miles on it.

If the purchase is approved by the full board of commissioners Thursday, Brancheau said, he expects the Sheriff’s Office to take possession of the van in 60 to 90 days.

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Mother Hen

How often is that expensive nice pickup truck and motorcycle used to benefit the taxpayers of Shiawassee County? Maybe Brian can sell the truck and motorcycle and purchase a cruiser for his deputies...you know...fiscally responsible, and all that...

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